FP4+ in rodinal or Ulrtrafin Pluss?

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  1. Christian Hilmersen

    Christian Hilmersen Member

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    I shoot mostly 35mm film, and Ilford Delta films. I have however bought a few FP4s, and need some advice on how to develop them for later printing in size 20x30cm or 30x45cm. I have Rodinal and Tetanal Ultrafin Pluss. What results can I expect? What is the best way to develop this film?
     
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    Hi Christian!
    Well, I like FP4 & I think you will find quite a few people who like it here.
    I develop it in Rodinal 1:50 for 8 minutes if I shoot it at 125. If I shoot it at 50, I use Rodinal 1:50 for 6 minutes.
    It's a nice film & really versatile!

    Hope this helps some! :smile:
     
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    FP4 is a good film in almost any developer...
     
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    Guess I just have to try both - maybe using stand development... Thanx
     
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    If you are used to deltas fp4+ in rodinal maybe to much of a culture shock. The grain gets obvious very quick. With respect to Ultrafin plus it will work quite similar to TMAX-developer with non-tabular films. At least HP5+ likes it quite a bit.
     
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    I'll second that; at 30x45cm from 35mm, you had better like the grain the Rodinal is going to give you. I have only done a few trials with Ultrafin, but have been quite impressed. I would go with the Tetenal.
     
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    I've used the Ultrafin Plus at 1+9, and found the results quite nice. With stand developing you're grain will be more pronounced, but the images will be nice. I realize no one has posted here for several years, but I just discovered this site and this post, so I thought others might be interested.
     
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    I love Rodinal, but I was never satisfied if I used it with FP4+. I 70 ASA from that film, I expected somthiong about 100. Highlights were a problem and need to select the developping time very carefully.
     
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    I had fine grain and sharp results with FP4+ and Rodinal 1+100. At EI 50.

    20 minutes at 20 celsius. It was 2009, hard to remember, but knowing me it might have been two gentle inversions every 4 or 5 minutes. Not discounting per minute agitation though.

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    Forest by athiril, on Flickr

    Close up, bottom crop is from a superior scan vs top crop (from the below image), not here to show that, but to show the grain/sharpness with this method (FP4+ in Rodinal 1+100). It's frame the same roll as the image above. But one is flipped over the wrong way and I'm not sure which :smile:

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    In case you're wondering about the level of resolution there... the bottom crop, it's about 48-50 lp/mm at maximum potential in those pixel dimensions vs physical size I calculated.

    So at most the level of detail you can see from that enlargement there is equivalent to 50 lp/mm (or less).

    6x7cm.. for 35mm visualisation, just crop the bottom right 1/4, and then the same enlargement section vs detail level would be doable.


    This is far from the finest grained and sharpest film + developer combination in the shed.
     
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